Eagles Handle Alcorn State, 85-38, and Say 'Aloha' to Hawaii
Friday, December 30, 2011 | by Mike Hill (mike_hill84)
Florida Gulf Coast (10-2)
Alcorn State (2-10)
12/30/2011 | Stan Sheriff Center - Honolulu, O`ahu | Attendance: 0
Florida Gulf Coast483785
Alcorn State191938
Stats at a GlanceFGCUASWBB
FG Percentage.560 (28-50) .279 (12-43)
3P FG Percentage.607 (17-28) .000 (0-3)
FT Percentage.750 (12-16) .560 (14-25)
Offensive Rebounds67
Defensive Rebounds2819
Total Rebounds3426
Bench Points276
Statistical LeadersFGCUASWBB
PointsJACOBSON - 20
Breedlove - 12
TEAM - 6
AssistsKENNEDY - 9
Ruffin - 2
Richmond - 2
StealsCHIHIL - 2
Ruffin - 3
BlocksKNIGHT - 1

HONOLULU, Hawai’i – Every Eagle that saw the floor scored as the FGCU women’s basketball team defeated Alcorn State, 85-38, on the final day of the Pepsi Rainbow Wahine Invitational Friday at the Stan Sheriff Center.

With the win, FGCU improves to 10-2 overall, while the Braves fall to 2-10 on the season.

The Green and Blue, who lead the nation in three-point field goals per game (12.6), knocked down 17 trifectas on the night. Eight different players made at least one trey for the Eagles, led by senior Kelsey Jacobson’s (Barnesville, Minn./Moorhead HS) 6-of-7 night

Jacobson finished with a game-high 20 points, to go with two assists and two rebounds. Senior Courtney Chihil (Tipp City, Ohio/Alter HS) recorded 12 points, four assists and three rebounds in 22 minutes. Sophomore Sarah Hansen (Edinboro, Pa./General McLane HS) chipped in with 11 points, while junior Brittany Kennedy (Spokane, Wash./Lewis and Clark HS/Oregon State) had the best game of her young FGCU career, posting eight points and nine assists.

Sharnika Breedlove led Alcorn St. with 12 points and three boards.  

The Eagles stormed out of the gate and used an 18-6 run over the first three minutes of the half, highlighted by back-to-back-to-back three-pointers from Jacobson and Nicoya Jackson (Houston, Texas/Cypress Springs HS/Southwestern Christian), to grab a double digit lead early. Leading Alcorn State, 18-12, FGCU used a 30-7 spurt, sparked by six points from Eglah Griffin’s (Fort Myers, Fla./Dunbar HS/Seminole CC) and Hansen, over the final 13:41 of the opening stanza to take a 48-19 lead at the intermission.

The Braves were held to just 33.3 percent (7-of-21) from the field and 0-of-1 from behind the arc in the first half.

FGCU scorched the nets and hit 14-of-25 (56 percent) from the floor in the first half, including 11-of-16 (68.8 percent) from long distance.

In the second half, FGCU continued to dominate on both ends of the floor, increasing their lead to as many as 47 points before winning by the final score of 85-38.

The Eagles will now head to the ‘Peach State’ to take on A-Sun foes Mercer and Kennesaw State. FGCU will face Mercer (3-9, 1-1 A-Sun) on Jan 2 (5:00 p.m.), before heading to Kennesaw, Ga. to take on the Owls (6-7, 1-1 A-Sun) on Jan. 4 (4:45 p.m.).

2011 Pepsi Rainbow Wahine Invitational All-Tournament Team
Kiara Ruffin, Alcorn State
Nicoya Jackson, Florida Gulf Coast
Kody Burke, North Carolina State
Breanna Arbuckle, Hawai`i
Eglah Griffin, Florida Gulf Coast

Most Valuable Player: Marissa Kastanek, NC State